Feel The ______ And Do It Anyway

One of the best pieces of advice Seth Godin ever gave to us was to “feel the fear and do it anyway”… “It” being whatever it is you need to do, but are afraid to do. Fear can be a proxy for any emotion that isn’t helping you on your path to accomplishing your goals… Jocko Willink has offered the same advice. He says feelings and emotions shouldn’t get a vote… In both cases, the secret to accomplishing this is discipline. I think it’s easy for these perspectives to be…

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What To Ignore… And What To Pay Attention To

The sheer volume of information we encounter on a daily basis is mind boggling… Indeed, it is literally so. We need devices and software to manage the onslaught of data from our devices and software. But there are only so many minutes in the day… And it’s so easy to get distracted. As a result, the decisions we make regarding what to pay attention to become increasingly important. When every platform, device, retailer, salesperson, etc. is vying for your attention… Who and what can you cut out? What To Ignore…

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Thought Experiments

The Waking Up Course by Sam Harris is really good. I’m enjoying my morning meditation sessions guided by Sam… I found Day 22 and Day 24 particularly useful in offering unconventional perspectives on consciousness. Any attempt by me to describe these sessions here would be half-assed at best… Suffice it to say the app is worth writing about…

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Who Am I? It Depends On Who You Ask…

Who Am I...?

If you sometimes think to yourself… “Who Am I?” You are you’re not alone… It seems like we’re in a constant battle with the outside world to define ourselves. The battle is between the influences of the outside world on the one side, and our thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences inside ourselves on the other. Who Am I? If you ask the outside world for the answer, chances are you will eventually hit a dead end… You may be constantly looking outward for answers to who you are. And it’s…

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Invoking The Muse vs. A Personal Mantra For Success?

invoking the muse vs. a personal mantra for success

What’s the difference between “invoking the muse” and using a personal mantra for success? Invocations and mantras have similarities… An invocation is like a prayer that is said in tribute to a higher being… Such as a spirit or a god. You may find an invocation in a religious text, or really anywhere. It doesn’t need to be religious… It can be any passage or writing that is meaningful to you. Invocations are meant to show praise and respect for the spirit being invoked. Invocations are said with sincerity and…

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How to Get What You Want…

How to get what you want - feel the fear and do it anyway.

Start small. Admit to yourself that you want things. More money, more freedom, better friendships, a different job, recognition, creativity, better health, a smaller waistline, to stop drinking… Whatever. Practice telling yourself what you want. Then practice telling yourself that you deserve it. Start showing others what you want in small steps. For example, start by wearing your favorite sports team memorabilia out in public. Or put a bumper sticker on your car promoting something you believe in. Work to overcome the fears that are holding you back from getting…

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Remember Your Acting Career…

And that you have one. It’s a life and death role with massive potential for success (or waste and failure). How it’s perceived, good or bad, it’s all an act. It’s not being inauthentic to try to act a certain way that you believe will help others, even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. Also, practice your acting. Memorize things and practice them in front of a mirror or camera. You’ll probably be surprised at the amount of acting talent that you have… And what an amazing actor you…

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Taking the Edge Off…

Taking the Edge Off

Need a drink or something because you feel like “taking the edge off…?” Like “functional alcoholism“, taking the edge off is a misnomer. How can you expect to get through anything if you take the edge off first…? And also which “edge” are you talking about…? Your personal edge? If so, WTF would you want to do that? Your edge should be as sharp as possible, and you should try to maintain it. You really need it just to compete in this game. And if it’s “life’s edge” you’re trying…

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